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to be the lucky filmmakers that ended up doing lord of the rings in the most per spec country in the world to shoot it i often said if any other direct never the world was doing the lord of the rings new ze lan was probably the location they would have gone to. >> stephen: it looks like you built it to make the movie. >> i can open my backyard and walk out into the yard. >> stephen: did you think of any other technical innovations that you weren't able to use in lord of the rings that you can use for the hobbit. for instance, the scene with gollum, he is in some ways better even than he was in the lord of the rings what is different about him. i can tell something. >> well, there are two things. physically he's got more muscles in his face, gollum, andy serkis has the same muscles that he had 10 years ago. a little older and more flabby though. but gollum we've put more muss pells under his skin around his eyes and mouth so that every subtle expression that andy makes can be accurately replicated in the gollum puppet which makes the form of capture accurate. >> stephen: it is an incredible
state. the service is about one hour and 45 minutes. >> i am resurrection, and i am light, says the lord. whoever has faith in the show have life, though he dies. everyone who has life and has committed himself to me in faith shall not die forever. as for me, i know that my redeemer lives, and that of the last you will stand upon the earth. after my awaking, he will raise me up. and in my body, i shall see god. my eyes shall behold him who is my friend and not a stranger. ford none of us has life in themself, and nunn becomes his own master when we die. for if we have life, we are alive in the lord, and if we die, we die in the lord. so then whether we live or die, we are the lord's possession. happy from now on are those who die in the lord. so it is said of the spirit, for the rest from their labors. >> as dean of washington national cathedral, on behalf of the bishop, i welcome you to this service of senate -- celebrating the life of senator daniel inouye. today's event combines a mixture of celebration and sorrow. it is our privilege the host and join so many distinguished men and wo
night. on the 19th day of christmas, answer this. my true love gave to me -- >> maids dancing. >> lords leaping. >> cold sores. [ laughter ] >> andrea: no. give you a hint. tommy lee. >> greg: cold sores. hepatitis "b." >> andrea: drummers drumming. [ laughter ] >> bob, can we get off the stds and get back to christmas. >> bob: sorry. >> andrea: 11 -- >> eric: lords a leaping. >> andrea: you keep saying that. no. >> eric: did i say that for 12? >> andrea: you did. 11? [ laughter ] >> andrea: pipers piping. ten, say it, eric? >> eric: lords aleaping. >> andrea: eight maids a milking. six geese a laying. >> bob:♪ three french hens ♪ two turtle doves ♪ partridge in a pear tree >> andrea: very good, robert. >> bob: thank you. made up story after the story about santa claus. santa claus is real. >> andrea: mariah carey, she and fallen brought back one of her songs all i want for christmas is you. take a listen. >> dana: from a great movie. >> ♪ make my wish come true ♪ all i want for christmas ♪ is you ♪ ♪ >> ♪ i don't want a lot more christmas ♪ ♪ there is just one thi
us to see. so let's move on. weather wise. all right. there is a fellow by the name of lord monkton in the united kingdom and there he is right there. he went to the united nations meeting on climate change in qatar. >> brian: his problem was his message. he doesn't think the climate is changing. he says i've been going here, we've been doing this for 16 years, nothing is happening. we're not listening to the other side. so everyone took notes and they learned from that and global warming is indeed wrong. they tossed him! they said hit the road! >> gretchen: it was supposed to be a debate, apparently, at this convention. but a debate usually involves two different points of view. i guess this time they're gog have one point of view. >> steve: apparently it wasn't his turn to talk and he grabbed a microphone and now he is banned for life. >> brian: he's not a lord. he's not from the house of lords. he's got an interesting title. >> steve: yeah. lord. >> brian: is he a lord? >> steve: apparently, according to the telegraph. >> brian: not the lord? he's a lord. >> steve: thank you. >>
reasons, but for me, the first thing i wanted to say is just thank you to my lord and savior, jesus christ, to be honest with you. \[applause] i believe that when you start out in a single-parent household with a mom who works 16 hours a day and you're looking at a future that doesn't look as bright and you're living in north charleston, south carolina, you build a strength that comes from ching the appreciation and understanding that is not about you, it's about your faith, it's about your family. and i love my mother, who's here with me, frances scott, and i'm very thankful to the good lord and to a strong mom who believes that sometimes love has to come at the end of a switch, and she loves me a lot. and i'll tell you that along that way, that when times got tough and when i was flunking out of high school -- when i failed world geography, civics, spanish and english -- when you fail spanish and english, they don't call you bilingual, ok? they may refer to you as biignic because you can't speak any language. i will tell you that my mother did not quit on me. i also had the good fortune
tirelessly for the right to openly celebrate the feast day of their lord's birth, to have a mass on that day honoring their christ, a mass christ, if you will. [laughter] now, we have poked fun at this, saying such things as, there is no war on christmas or you're [bleeped] crazy. [laughter] classic wit. that was before i realized what these poor folks have been going through. >> this is the thing about atheists, they bully other religions. >> they're trying to put their hands in my religion. >> it's about being intolerant to the nature of tradition in this country. this ends up being about bullies. >> they're being bullies. what are christians supposed to do? ture
1775, of " if that man, lord dunmore, does not crash before spring, he will become the most formidable enemy america has -- at is our first president, george washington. >> i think george washington said this when he was up in massachusetts in the beginning of december 1775 or maybe late november. communications were slow in these days. washington, in the point in time, probably the most recent things he knew about done more -- about dunmore was probably as close to the peak of his power in virginia because ultimately he was chased out of virginia. but during the summer and fall of 1775, he was very effective in sending out troops to read plantations. -- to read plantations. he was during of the indians. they could find refuge and get the fleet of the british army. even stirred up the instruction of indentured servants. not only did look like he might succeed, but there were rumors that he would ascend the party in the area of alexandria, va irginia. george washington is up there in massachusetts were about his wife. even thomas jefferson were about his wife at the same time. and i put
of the lord's resistance army. this group has terrorized across central africa for over two decades unspeakable crimes committed against children, amputations committed against children, taking child soldiers, taking sex slaves. in accordance with u.s. policy, a small team of u.s. troops are currently in the field helping local forces hunt this killer. . they believe an effort to could help bholser their efforts, they are asking for this, they think this can make a difference on the ground. let's answer their call and send this bill to the president for his signature and i thank my colleagues for their support. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady reserves her time they have gentleman from california is recognized. mr. berman: yes, mr. speaker, i have no further requests for time and will yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california yields back. the gentlelady from florida. ms. ros-lehtinen: i also have no further requests for time and i yield back the balance of our time. the speaker pro tempore: the the question is, will the house su
and the king and i. >>> it was a record breaking weekend for the hobbit. the lord of the rings prequel finished first at the box office earning nearly $85 million. it makes it the largest opening for a december flick ever. it also took in more than the last lord of the rings film, the return of the king, which opened with $72.6 million. >>> bruce can't stop talking about it. that five-game winning streak now has the redskins sitting on top of the nfc east. we're going to show you how they got there and take you inside the locker room. >> but up next, how would you solve the fiscal cliff crisis? we hit the street to find out. >>> the clock is ticking for lawmakers to reach an agreement before the economy tumbles over the fiscal cliff. and with so much at stake, many of us are just scratching our heads wondering why the politicians haven't come up with a plan yet. >> that's right. how would you solve this problem? we sent our bruce leshan, one of our veteran reporters out to let people sound off literally. they got on a soap box. >> reporter: how you doing, man? i'm from channel 9 to try to get p
. i'm hoping that the message that the good lord has placed in my heart gives it a shot and a leap forward, that we'll have the opportunity to let the message of real hope and opportunity resonate in places where it hasn't been before. so i hope what john would say to me is celebrate for about 24 hours and get back to work. thank you all very much. [applause] [captioning performed by national captioning institute] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2012] >> the house of representatives is in recess until 6:30 eastern tonight when the house comes back, we're expecting a vote on legislation that would allow natural gas pipeline permitting in glacier national park. that's live on espn. off the floor, negotiations continue on avoiding the tax increases an spending cuts scheduled to take effect in january. and on thursday, two congressional hearings, the attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya, at 9:00 they hear from deputy secretary of state william burns and the deputy of secretary of state for management and resources. they testify again thursday afternoon bef
. scott: thank you very much. ladies and gentlemen of the congress, you know the lord jesus said that suffer the little children that come unto me for they are the kingdom of heaven. but jesus didn't stop there. he spoke and then he acted. he brought the children to him. picked each child up in his arms. put his hand on them. prayed with them and then blessed on them. and just as jesus spoke and acted, the people of this country are expecting this congress to speak, but to act. and the first order of business is to make sure that this kind of tragedy never happens again. the first order of business is to ban, to make illegal, to own, manufacture or sell or possess this deadly weapon that was used to massacre these 20 children and these six educators that this bushmaster assault weapon, if we are going to -- just to honor those children who were massacred, make sure that that weapon will never be used again. if we do not do that in this congress, we need to hang our heads in shame. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. mr. murphy: may i inquire as to how much
it publicly. this is inevitably where we're going but the republican party is like the lord of the flies. it's not clear who is in charge. that's why i can't join you. i can't join you in that prediction because it's not clear whether a guy like rand paul has enough people with him -- >> let's talk about the president for a second. you remember cool hand luke. i sometimes think this president is cool hand luke. back when he was fighting, people would say get going, take her on, she's killing you. she was 20 points ahead, he beat her. we watched the complain, i'm having a stroke, he says i got it, stop being so crazy about this. he's playing it very cool. it's now december 11th. they've got ten days under a fast clock to get this done. is he too cool? is he sending a message out there on the stump that he wants to send? >> yeah. i think he is, and, no, i don't think he's too cool. look, if we go over the fiscal cliff, it will only be for a little while and it's probably to the democrats' advantage anyway. they'll say the republicans pushed us over the cliff in the first place and by the way,
another one. thank you, lord. i'm rob nelson. >> we're crawling. i'm paula faris. we'll bring you up to date on the violence and tensions in syria in our top story on this friday. >>> and to capitol hill where negotiations on avoiding the fiscal cliff took a new turn. the sticking point up for debate by the president and as well as congressional republicans. >>> also this morning, a "world news now" special report. why some people who have already been born, get this, may live to the ripe old age of 150. that's right. 1-5-0. the secrets of staying young revealed. >> would you want to live to 150 is the question? >> always a great question, how old do people want to be? the answer, to live as old as you have a good quality of life physically and mentally. if you are 150 and out of it. what is the point? >> feed you some apple sauce. >> thank you, thank you. can you wipe me now. no one wants that kind of life. 150 healthy. >> the gifts parents can buy now that will make the kids go crazy on christmas morning. the science of picking the right toy. as a parent, i can tell you. look at th
website, "you may responsibly get baked, order some pizzas and enjoy a 'lord of the rings' marathon in the privacy of your own home." but even though it's legal to have it, it's not yet legal to sell marijuana to the masses. at least not for another year, while the state establishes rules for this now budding industry. entrepreneurs, or pot-trepeneurs, like this former microsoft manager are already making plans to open starbucks-like stores. >> the category of premium marijuana. think like a fine brandy, a fine cognac. >> reporter: drug policy experts worry the new law could spark new problems. >> the price of marijuana will drop dramatically and consumption will increase. that spells bad news for parents and researchers who are realizing that today's marijuana is not your woodstock weed of the '60s. it is much more harmful. >> reporter: authorities are watching closely. >>> time, now, for a look at weather across the country on this friday morning. we have showers from seattle to portland. up to a foot of snow in the cascades and northern rockies. and a few inches of snow in the da
together on the fiscal cliff. >> good, lord, is that possible? also, president morsi sends in tanks to keep the peace as violent protests rage in cairo. we'll have a live report from the region. >> i'll tell you what, it is a mess in egypt, the parties starting to fight each other, meet the new pharaoh, same as the old pharaoh, unbelievable. >> we have full coverage on that coming up, but first, let's get the news live at 5:30 a.m. at 30 rock in new york city. >>> the effort to reach a deal on the fiscal cliff is now a two-man operation. president obama and speaker boehner. thank you. nobody else will be in the room. with 24 days before a year-end deadline, "the new york times" says boehner made the request to clear the negotiation room going forward, leaving it up to himself and the president to reach a deal to avoid automatic tax hikes and deep spending cuts. and while the two men may be negotiating privately, yesterday the president took his mess dwrooj the public, visiting a local virginia family as a part of his social media campaign. while sitting around the kitchen table, he told the
. this is an exciting day for many reasons. i went to state thank you to my lord and savior jesus christ, to be honest with you. when you start out in a single- parent household with a mom who work 16 hours a day and you're looking at a future that is not look bright and you are living in south carolina, you build a strength that comes from having the understanding that it is not about you. it is about your faith. it is about your family. i love my mother who is here with me. and painful for the good lord who believe sometimes the lord has to come at the end of a switch. she loves me a lot. -- love has to come at the end of a switch. she loves me and a lot. taught civics, spanish, and english. -- i failed a civics, spanish, and english. my mother did not quit on me. i had the good fortune of meeting a mentor who taught me some very basic biblical business principles. our nation finds itself in a situation where we need to make very difficult decisions. so often we have the conversation about how we create enough revenues for all the problems. if you have a problem is spending there is not enough reven
filibuster reform. >> oh, lord. >> democrats have been complaining about the filibuster for years now, since actually they took over the senate, and now they have a chance to get rid of the filibuster. there's nothing in the constitution. madison wrote nothing of the filibuster. but i want everybody to hear, though, because for the past four years, we have been hearing how evil the republican party is because they filibuster. >> yeah. >> harry reid, the democratic senate, senators like claire mccaskill, senators like, you know, kirsten gillibrand, senators like chuck schumer. they can all get rid of the filibuster at the beginning of january. so why don't -- if the filibuster is so evil and if the republicans are so evil for wielding the filibuster, this is very easy. just make the rules in january -- forget filibuster reform. i support getting rid of the entire filibuster. >> i agree. >> let's wipe it out. so why don't we get the democrats to get rid of the fill bust filibuster? >> because people across the country agree 100%. you get outside washington, it's a no-brainer. majority should r
a personal concern there, too. >> lord dunmore, what was his position? >> he was the royal governor of virginia and he was also a guy with an incredible ego. an awful lot of inability to make decisions because he was so caught up in himself and his potential success. >> you called him combative, touchy and arrogant. >> well, arrogant like so many of the british aristocracy would have been. but he was an odd duck. when he captured and built some of the ports in the ohio valley, he named them after his subsidiary titles. he was the baron blair. it was fort dunmore for a while. he had an ego a mile wide. >> so what was the relationship in those days between george washington and dunmore? >> they knew each other. late winter, before the hostilities got intense in the capital of virginia, they were on some terms. they were both land speculators and they shared in this interest and george washington was developing those and dunmore was buying all that he could get. but then they fell out. i don't think they fell out so much for personal reasons. this guy's way of doing business was sendin
words and ask the good lord to bless them, their families, the people of connecticut and yes, our country. and that's just the way it is. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the chair recognizes the gentleman from oregon, mr. blumenauer, for five minutes. mr. blumenauer: the mall shooting that might have been worse and ended in newtown, connecticut, where it's impossible to imagine that it was worse. it's part of an ongoing pattern of carnage because we lose one life to gun violence every 20 minutes, every hour, every day. the mass murders reclaiming my time page gets the country's attention, but the same total loss of life at sandy hook happens more than twice every day all year long. this is personal for me, not just because the mall shooter was in my district, but i had a high school friend who was killed with a random freak drive-by shooting, my brother took his life with a handgun as a young man. i supported gun provisions at the state and federal level at every opportunity. it might be different now. not just because the horrific image of
years, savannah. i'm very attached to it. i was up all night to be honest with you. >> oh, good lord. >> it's a little unsettling. >> well, here you can see side by side before and after footage of ax. what do you think? a little dark on that left side. >>> lastly, lots of speculation about whom south carolina governor nikki haley will pick to fill jim demint's senate seat. our pal stephen colbert put his mind to it. >> but who will she pick? let's see, you want somebody young, somebody conservative, somebody from south carolina, maybe somebody who had a super pac. wait a second. watch where you point that thing. it's powerful. i know when i look at the u.s. senate, i say to myself, you know what they could use? another white guy. >> well, the governor responded on her facebook page saying, stephen, thank you for your interest in south carolina's u.s. senate seat and for the thousands of tweets you and your fans sent me, but you forget one thing, my friend. you didn't know our state drink. big, big mistake. well, she was referring to this from earlier this year. >> what's the state d
a famous line from lord byron. this is repeated again and again and again running all the way up to the civil war, and that line was those who would be free must themselves strike the first blow. in other words, action from below can be a trigger. this had a very dramatic impact op a lot of leading african-american intellectuals like henry highland-garnett, frederick douglass and had a big effect on a man named john brown who wanted to strike the first blow at harpers ferry. i guess this is the final thought i leave you with. one of the most remarkable things about movements from below is that they are unpredictable. you never know when they are going to arise or how. these -- these things that rise up, these demands for justice, these demands for equality, these demands for freedom, they are unpredictable, and in their unpredictability, i think they are also a great source of hope. thank you very much. [applause] we have time for questions, and i hope you have some. we would like for you to speak into the microphone if possible. >> during the discussion, you talk about roaming a
in the -- >> socialistically. >> good lord. >> stephanie: okay. >> which is why we have single payer. >> stephanie: no we don't. jim in wisconsin you're on "the stephanie miller show." hi jim. >> caller: how you doing? >> stephanie: good. go ahead. >> caller: first time caller. my question is -- my subject would be i think it is about time now for term limits with the debacle that's going on in the senate. and also a line item veto. >> i don't know about term limits though because -- >> stephanie: let's term them to two years. >> there's something to be said for people on our side being the heads of committees. >> stephanie: you mean like elizabeth warren on the banking committee? ha ha! [ ♪ nah nah nah nah nah ♪ ] >> oh, scott brown has just gotta be going -- >> stephanie: this is the election that keeps on giving this holiday season. that and karl rowe and dick morris benched at fox news. [ ♪ nah nah nah nah nah ♪ ] >> producers have to get the direct approval of roger ailes before those two are booked on any show.
gather with so much work left undone guide our lawmakers with your wisdom. lord, show them the right thing to do and give them the courage to do it. >> shannon: that was the opening prayer today as the senate got back to work. you are looking live now. senator richard shelby there from alabama, a republican on the floor as they open up again for business and await word of whether the leaders have behind closed doors hammered out a deal. that was the senate chaplain barry black asking for a little devine intervention. looks like they will need it. a democratic aide says there has been a setback and "we are further back than they were 24 hours ago." that is the latest from capitol hill. we'll keep an eye on it. we have told you the story of the iranian christian pastor jailed in iran for converting from islam to christianity. after being held for years he was released in september only to be reimprisoned on christmas day. his attorney has also been jailed and that is not all. iran is now holding an iranian born but now u.s. citizen, a pastor visiting his family in iran when was stopped
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do as well in a way. but i'm hoping that the message that the good lord's placed in my heart gets a shot and a leap forward, that we'll have the opportunity to let the message of real hope and opportunity resonate in places where it hasn't been before. and so i hope what john would say to me is celebrate for about 24 hours and get back to work. thank y'all very much. \[applause] >> later in the week senator demint gave his farewell speech from the senate floor. he's retiring in january to become president of the heritage foundation. this is about 20 minutes. >> thank you, mr. president. i would like to give what i think we call here my farewell address. we spent a lot of time in the office writing out a long speech, and once i read it i realized it really is more emotional than i thought, and we've set that speech aside. last night i made myself a lot of notes of what i wanted to say, and then i realized this morning that was really just trying to get the last word in on a lot of the politics we've been discussing. so i set that aside and just decided to speak from my heart for a
ford was jack ryan twice. >> i want back in. >> colombian drug lords, politicians. >> this is our money. we found it. >> and full-on nuclear war. technology great, not so great. radiation of a monster sized cell phone and never hesitating to go slow mo when necessary. kevin costner was out to play jack ryan but was bus which "dances with wolves" back then. now he is in this one. >> you don't get to be jack ryan. >> i saw that right away. no, i'm really comfortable with the part i'm playing, supporting jack ryan, as he makes his way. >> hey, you get to be ci aa. >> it's always fun to get the bad guy. i've got all my stuff on me. you just don't see any of it. >> reporter: today, ten years since the last one, arch rival is a russian billionaire looking to manipulate financial markets. played by an actor who has done a lot of shakespeare, now the director. battling with his bare fists. >> something decent really in the best possible way american about him. >> reporter: wait, what's that? enormous london set is itself playing a new york city sewer. i don't smell the new york sewer aroma. >>
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's not working. >> good lord. >> hold on. hold on. >> the moment's passed. >> hold on. let's just stop right now. because something, i think, very instructive just happened. >> what? what? >> so we start the show. >> yeah? >> chris licht's our v.p. five years ago. immediately we walk out, and chris licht goes, where am i going to be sitting? >> on the set. >> on the set. >> he thinks he's talent sometimes. >> he does. alex, after being here for years, doesn't even know where the mike button is. do you think spanky didn't know where that was? >> oh, he knew where it was. but remember, he used to wear the headset on set. >> he's going to kill us. >> anyway. but chris knew where that button was. alex, let me try this again. how was the christmas party last night at the white house? >> it was good. does that work? great. >> you know what? lose the button, okay? just never mind. actually, chris was down there. >> now we know why alex doesn't use the button. >> alex is iron man. he just does his job. >> let's get to the news. >> he gets that lunch pail in the morning, puts on the hat. >> all right. >>
the senate in prayer. the chaplain: let us pray. lord, you provide for us light and salvation. whom shall we fear? you provide strength for our lives. of whom shall we be afraid? provide our lawmakers this day boundless energy to accomplish your purposes. lift them over the hurdles of fear and panic as you energize them with kindness, peace, and patience. lord, astound them with the many ways you can help them find solutions to the problems that beset our land. help them to consider any indecision that may bring catastrophic consequences. may the tone and tenor of their words and deeds this day build bridges of cooperation for the good of our nation and world. we pray in your great name. amen. the presiding officer: please join me in reciting the pledge of allegiance i pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states of america and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under god, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. the presiding officer: the clerk will read a communication to the senate. the clerk: washington d.c., december 12, 2012. to the senate: under the pr
of love, care for us as a nation, lord god we pray, today, that you will let common ground and middle ground be the order of the day for the common good of our nation. loving god, bless the members of the people's house, give them wisdom and understanding to be a blessing to our house. merciful god, in times like these, oh precious lord, take their hands, touch their hearts, speak to their souls, that the members of this body may be bold servants of this nation. our eternal god, may all that is done this day be for grour greater honor and glory forever and ever amen. the speaker: the chair has examined the journal of the last day's proceedings and announces to the house his approval thereof. fruntefrunte. -- pursuant to clause 1 of rule 1 the journal stands approved. the pledge of allegiance will be led by mr. sarbanes. mr. sarbanes: i pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states of america and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under god, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. the speaker: without objection, the gentleman from texas, mr. gohmert, is recogni
mints. thanks a lot. the highly anticipated prequel to "the lord of the rings" trilogy "the hobbit" opens today and mgm and time warner have a lot riding on "middle earth." julia boorstin is live in l.a. with more. >> well, carl, bilbo bagins is under a lot of pressure. not only does he have to free a dwarf kingdom but mgm is counting on him to pave the way for its ipo. mgm held off plans to go public hoping strong performances from skyfall and the hobbit trilogy would bolster the valuation. it is expected that mgm will file for an ipo in march or april between the flood of revenue from skyfall and the hobbit. despite some mediocre reviews the 3 $d the hobbit an unexpected journey is expected to set a record for the biggest ever opening in december with north of $88 million. mgm needs the three hobbit films to live up to the $3 billion lord of the rings trilogy because mgm has bet big on its potential. it borrowed half a billion dollars in february and spent another $590 million in july to buy out icon's 25% stake in the company. time warner also has a lot riding on hobbit. its new
ask your blessing, o lord, upon the members of this people's house and most importantly upon the leadership. it's on their shoulders the most important negotiations of our time have been placed. they have been entrusted by their fellow americans by the awesome privilege of sustaining the great experiment of democratic self-government. give them wisdom, grace, insight and courage to forge an agreement that allows us all to move forward toward an encouraging future. may all that is done this day be for your greater honor and glory. amen. the speaker: the chair has examined the journal of the last day's proceedings and announces to the house his approval thereof. pursuant to clause 1 of rule 1 the journal stands approved. the pledge of allegiance today will be led by the gentleman from arkansas, mr. womb -- womack. mr. womack: i pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states of america and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under god, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. the speaker: the chair will entertain up to five requests for one-minute speeches
and progress. lord, change our lawmakers not from what they were but toward what they really are -- generous, wise and responsible stewards of your bountiful grace. keep us from becoming a country that wants to feel good rather than be good, as you empower us to live worthy of our forebears who sacrificed so much for freedom. we pray in your great name. amen. the presiding officer: please join me in reciting the pledge of allegiance to the flag. i pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states of america, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under god, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. the presiding officer: the clerk will read a communication to the senate. the clerk: washington, d.c., december 20, 2012. to the senate: under the provisions of rule 1, paragraph 3, of the standing rules of the senate, i hereby appoint the honorable sherrod brown, a senator from the state of ohio, to perform the duties of the chair. signed: patrick j. leahy, president pro tempore. mr. reid: mr. president? the presiding officer: the majority leader is recognized. mr. reid: i ask
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